Connecticut 2009 Amendments
The Connecticut Department of Public Safety has completed its review of the State Building Code – 2009 Amendment to the 2005 Connecticut Supplement. The next step in the adoption process is to file the drafts with the Office of the Attorney General, which will review them for legal sufficiency. After review by the Attorney General’s office, the regulations will be filed with the Legislative Regulation Review Committee. The Department anticipates that the amendments will be effective in March 2009.
The 2005 State Building Code – 2009 Amendment to the 2005 Connecticut Supplement will be comprised of the 2005 National Electrical Code, 2003 International Building Code, 2003 International Plumbing Code, 2003 International Mechanical Code, 2006 International Energy Conservation Code and the 2003 International Residential Code except as amended, altered or deleted by this supplement. The requirements of the 2009 Amendment to the 2005 State Building Code will apply to all work for which a permit application is made on or after the date of adoption. Note the only revision of the reference standards is the adoption of the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code.
Regarding amendments to the 2005 National Electrical Code, the draft includes the deletion of the existing exception to 210.12(B), which permitted smoke detectors to be supplied by branch circuits without AFCI protection providing such branch circuits supply no other outlets within the dwelling unit bedroom. Other amendments, which have been added, are as follows:
NEC Section 250.104(B)(1) is amended to require corrugated stainless steel (CSST)gas piping to be bonded in accordance with manufacturer’s installation instructions.
Section 300.4 (G) of the 2008 NEC is added, which addresses cables and raceways installed under metal-corrugated sheet roof decking.
A new amendment is added to Section 422.16(B)(2)5. This amendment requires the receptacle that supplies cord and plug-connected built-in dishwashers or trash compactors to be readily accessible without removing the appliance.
A new amendment is added to Section 680.26(C), which adds an exception to allow the equipotential bonding grid to be omitted under the bottom of or vertically along the walls of vinyl lined polymer wall, fiberglass composite or other pools constructed of nonconductive materials.
New amendments are added to Sections 700.8, 701.9 and 701.11(G), which will require the sign indicating the type and location of on-site emergency/legally required stand-by power sources to be located at any meter location, and on any equipment up to the service entrance equipment.
The Department rejected proposals and comments recommending the adoption of the 2008 NEC in place of the 2005 NEC, and recommendations to delete Part VIII-Electrical Provisions of the IRC in favor of 2008 NEC as published by NFPA.
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